An Act To Modify the Laws Regarding the Collection and Recycling of Mercury-added Thermostats
Sec. 1. 38 MRSA §1665-B, sub-§1, ¶E is enacted to read:
Sec. 2. 38 MRSA §1665-B, sub-§2, ¶E, as amended by PL 2011, c. 420, Pt. E, §2 and affected by §5, is further amended to read:
Sec. 3. 38 MRSA §1665-B, sub-§2, ¶F, as amended by PL 2011, c. 420, Pt. E, §3 and affected by §5, is repealed.
Sec. 4. 38 MRSA §1665-B, sub-§2, ¶G, as amended by PL 2009, c. 277, §8, is further amended to read:
(1) The number of mercury-added thermostats collected and recycled by that manufacturer pursuant to this section during the previous calendar year;
(2) The estimated total amount of mercury contained in the thermostat components collected by that manufacturer pursuant to this section;
(3) An evaluation of the effectiveness of the manufacturer's collection and recycling program and the financial incentive provided pursuant to paragraphs paragraph E and F;
(4) An accounting of the administrative costs incurred in the course of administering the collection and recycling program and the financial incentive plan developed pursuant to subsection 4;
(5) A description of the education and outreach strategies employed during the previous calendar year to increase participation and collection rates and examples of education and outreach materials used; and
(6) Modifications that the manufacturer is proposing to make in its collection and recycling program; and
Sec. 5. 38 MRSA §1665-B, sub-§4, as enacted by PL 2005, c. 558, §1, is amended to read:
The plan must include a requirement that manufacturers provide a financial incentive with a minimum value of $5 for the return of each mercury-added thermostat to an established recycling collection point in accordance with subsection 2, paragraphs paragraph E and F. The financial incentive may include, without limitation, cash, rebates, discounts, coupons or other incentives.
Sec. 6. Department of Environmental Protection; review of financial incentive plan. The Department of Environmental Protection shall review the financial incentive plan established under the Maine Revised Statutes, Title 38, section 1665-B, subsection 4 and, by February 15, 2016, shall submit a report to the Joint Standing Committee on Environment and Natural Resources that contains, at a minimum, the following recommendations and, where applicable, corresponding implementing legislation:
1. Recommendations regarding reduction of the complexity and costs of the manufacturer thermostat collection and recycling program established pursuant to Title 38, section 1665-B, subsection 2;
2. Recommendations regarding improving the effectiveness of the manufacturer thermostat collection and recycling program, including changes in the mechanism for manufacturer payment of the financial incentive, the form of the financial incentive payment and the roles and responsibility of each participant in the program; and
3. Recommendations regarding the continuation of the thermostat disposal ban under Title 38, section 1663.
The department may include the report required under this section in the report required pursuant to Title 38, section 1772, subsection 1.